Scarlett Sumac's Blog

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MAY 30, 2012 9:58AM

Farewell To No Ordinary Friend

After months of watching her steady decline, I tried to prepare myself for the inevitable. Silly human folly to think I could predict how things would go. Once again I'm humbly reminded that ‘the end’ is never how you imagine it will be.
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APRIL 24, 2012 12:01PM

High School Confidential

curtain call

Who doesn’t love it when life offers a little surprise while the pulse of timelessness catches you in its infinite rhythm?

Such an event occurred recently on a rather unseemly night. Last Saturday to be exact.

Rain pelted the window and a raw wind blew

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NOVEMBER 22, 2011 9:17PM

Recession Retrograde: a memoir

In considering the current recession, I found myself wandering around in the recesses of my mind thinking about the last one.

I graduated from university at the height of the 1980’s recession. Instead of lying in bed at night counting sheep, I was overwhelmed with visions ofRead full post »

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OCTOBER 27, 2011 8:06PM

My Brilliant 2nd Career B4 The Age of 25

I’ve worked fairly hard in life and I’m the type of person who needs a routine to keep her grounded. At one time I thought work was everything. The job market has shrivelled up so much I lament for those young folk out there today who will miss outRead full post »

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JULY 21, 2011 11:13AM

july thoughts, shots and garden spots

 July is a funny month - sandwiched as she is - between June and August. June comes along bursting with newness and greenery and sips chilled white wine on the patio. She allows the evening breeze to tickle your feet and throws welcome splashes of colour around the garden. The lawnRead full post »

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APRIL 15, 2011 8:43AM

Thought He Was a Goner

Like many cat owners … wait a second. You can never own a cat. Let me start over.

Like many feline servants, my day usually starts with feeding our three cats. One extremely cold morning last month, the middle child of our three-cat family, Pippin, was missing. Without… Read full post »

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DECEMBER 17, 2010 1:15PM

Extreme Winemaking: Inside Icewine

Sometimes there exists a wonderland in our own backyard. Here in the Niagara Peninsula I may not like the frigid cold but there is one jewel the chilling temperatures makes possible: Icewine. 
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DECEMBER 10, 2010 12:13PM

Wine Lady's Tales from the Trenches

 red wine shot



At this festive time of year I can’t help think back to working the trenches of the manic marketplace that is the urban shopping mall. For seven years I worked the floor selling the social lubricant that puts the funk in dysfunction; theRead full post »

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NOVEMBER 24, 2010 7:51AM

The Best Butterball Ever (not a food story)

Daddy-soon-to-be suggested we go for a drive and take in the autumn colours to relax. After all, this baby was supposed to be born over two weeks ago. At my last ultrasound the technician said she couldn’t get over how long the baby was. Long? Sure Daddy was a very tall broad-shoulderedRead full post »

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NOVEMBER 2, 2010 12:03PM

Seasons Change And So Do I

                                                                                     &Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 2, 2010 9:53AM

The Summer The Lights Went Out

I see my light come shining. From the West down to the East. Any day now, any day now. I shall be released. - Bob Dylan.

Seven years have now passed since the following events transpired. I have written a number of pieces (not published here) in honour of my brother. There/Read full post »

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AUGUST 27, 2010 11:12AM

Breasts Attract Attention at the CNE

                     opening gates

Jack and I haven’t really had the opportunity to get away much this summer. With the recent chill in the morning air, we knew if we didn’t slip away soon it would be too late. We had promised to takeRead full post »